Redefining Classic Fashion: Elizabeth Kading on producing contemporary classic clothes, Thanduxolo Buti
Can you tell me what inspires you as a designer? I am inspired by a different era where people bought fewer, nicer clothes that they wore more often--clothes that were carefully considered and that fit better. I use high quality materials and I make each item one at a time from scratch... MORE
Do Tell: Elizabeth Kading of five8ths
I’m walking along when I hear the rattle of a sewing machine. It’s light and faint, but you can still hear it distinctly emanating walking down the side street. Like a relic from the past.
The source of this delicate clatter is five8ths, a handmade design shop sitting in Maboneng District. It’s a cute little place, the sort of quaint business you might have found back in the 50’s, turning out old school ties and bespoke dress wear... MORE
Place of Light
When your shirt-maker is situated in the same neighbourhood as your business, you know you're at home. Such is the case for the artist William Kentridge, whose studio is in the Arts on Main building in Mabonng, or Jeppe, as it was once called.
His shirt-maker, Elizabeth Kading of five8ths, has a shop on Maverick Corner in Maboneng. Her ethos speaks of the culture of Mabonengers -- an inner-city tribe devoted to re-imagining discarded spaces to make way for, as Kading puts it, " a more stylish, less wasteful world"... MORE
Q&A: five8ths handmade clothing designer Elizabeth Kading, interviewed by Elizabeth Cline
Tell us about five8ths, your Baltimore-based clothing business. What inspired you to start up?
I’ve had a passion for clothing and fashion design from a young age, but my path has also wandered through the worlds of art, sociology, costume design, and Montessori. MORE
ELLE’s Sheena Bagshawe reports on Maverick Corner in Maboneng – an exciting new development with a diverse mix of eateries, nightlife, fashion and accessories.
The retail space is comprised of a leafy outdoor courtyard where you can relax or order food in a pretty and laid-back setting. The corner continues Maboneng’s love affair with art and there’s a stunning mural by street artist Dal East along the Commissioner Street facade.
Five of the retail spaces at Maverick Corner are repurposed shipping containers and the shops are owner-operated, so customers can interact with the people behind the business. What’s more is almost all of the shops are studios too, so you get to see the goods being made while you browse and chat to the designers. MORE...
five8ths, by Lauren-Kate Bydawell
five8ths is a beautiful shoppe in Mobeneng. Around the corner form the busyness of the other retailers in Mainstreet Life, is Maverick Corner a small hub on 300 Commissioner street. In this square is a door that opens to a quaint sewing workshop and store of Elizabeth Kading, the owner of five8ths.
The main counter is filled with beautiful patterned linen ties and pocket squares. Instantly attracted by the aesthetic arrangements, I glance around the small shop which is clearly inspired with vintage decor... MORE
The 10 Best Things We Saw at the Renegade Craft Fair
The eighth annual Renegade Craft Fair this past weekend may have had new digs—next to The Flea at Williamsburg’s East River State Park—but the artist roster was as strong as ever. From screen printed tea towels to etched glass lamps, state-shaped cutting boards to geometric ceramic planters, there were plenty of ways to spend your money. We braved the crowds (and the sun, which was brutal both days) to see what the 300-plus vendors had to offer. Here, a few of our favorites. MORE
five8ths is a brand founded by fashion designer Elizabeth Kading. Fine Arts graduate Elizabeth is a perfectionist and her brand truly embraces professionalism and authenticity, values she firmly stands for... MORE
For the Fellas: A Brooklyn RCF Showcase
Today we shine the light on some of the more rugged + refined pieces you’ll find at the upcoming RCF Brooklyn. Gentlemen, your attention, please…MORE